This book covers blockchain from the underlying principles to how it enables applications to survive and surf on its shoulder. Having covered the fundamentals of blockchain, the book turns to cryptocurrency. It thoroughly examines Bitcoin before presenting six other major currencies in a rounded discussion. The book then bridges between technology and finance, concentrating on how blockchain-based applications, including cryptocurrencies, have pushed hard against mainstream industries in a bid to cement their positions permanent. It discusses blockchain as underlying banking technology, crypto mining and offering, cryptocurrency as investment instruments, crypto regulations, and markets.
Part 1: Blockchain and Bitcoin. 1. Introduction to Blockchain. 2. Immutability of Blockchain. 3. Consensus Mechanisms of Blockchain. 4. Bitcoin: World's First Cryptocurrency. Part 2: Contracts. 5. Ethereum and Smart Contracts. 6. NEO. 7. EOS. Part 3: Financial Networks. 8. Ripple. 9. Stellar. Part 4: Advanced Ledgers and Applications. 10. Purpose-built Distributed Ledgers. 11. Applications of Blockchain. Part 5: Cryptocurrency. 12. Evaluation of Money: From Barter to Bitcoin. 13. Cryptocurrency Mining. 14. Cryptocurrency Wallet. 15. Cryptocurrency Trading and Investment. 16. Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Part 6: Socio-Economic Landscape. 17. Economic Outlook of Cryptocurrency. 18. Crime, Criminals, and Cryptocurrencies. 19. Regulations, Laws, and Practices. 20. Criticism, Skepticism, and Support.